Modular Hospital Construction
The Clinical Need
This project was part of a programme to help increase the capacity of the Emergency Department at Peterborough City Hospital. Amongst other internal reconfigurations, including converting old record stores into clinical spaces, the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust also needed to build a new Urgent Treatment Centre and a Paediatric Assessment Unit to ensure they could continue to provide a quality level of emergency care for the community.
The best locations for the two new hospital buildings was chosen to be in two atria off the main hospital street near the existing paediatric unit and emergency department. This meant the building modules had to be lifted over two storeys of clinical space and a plant room, and lowered into the courtyard with no margin for error.
In addition to this, the funds available for the project would only be available for a limited period of time, which put pressure on the time available to deliver the hospital construction project. The build had to happen in the middle of a global pandemic which meant the site teams had to be particularly vigilant to ensure any risk of infection transmission was minimised.
It also brought significant challenges in sourcing raw material and labour in an incredibly stretched industry, with fluctuating availability and prices.
The location of the healthcare build would also require a crane to be very close to the hospital’s red route.
Health Spaces worked closely with trusted supply chain members to form a team that could deliver a solution that would meet the Trust’s specific requirement and tight deadline. Bespoke modular units were manufactured off-site to ensure for minimal disruption on site and then lifted into the courtyards for assembly in-situ.
Health Spaces provided a turnkey solution including design, off-site manufacture, on-site construction, mechanical & electrical and fit out.
Kelvin Moulding, Principal, Health Spaces: “MMC provided a clear benefit to patient experience. Traditional methods of construction would have meant more materials and trade teams on site and for longer; by using MMC – specifically pre-constructed modules – we significantly minimised any disruption. Our crane (with ambulances and a helipad close by) was only needed for a couple of days rather than months.”
The Health Spaces Difference
As well as enjoying increased infrastructure and capacity, the Trust have been very pleased with the Health Spaces quality. The end product has exceeded expectations, delivered on time despite the tight programme, with quality finishes and technical design features being appreciated by stakeholders.
The Health Spaces team on site worked exceptionally well with Peterborough City Hospital’s estates team and demonstrated a professionalism and an accommodating approach that was consistently noted and appreciated by all.
Emergency departments have a high throughput of patients which increases the risk of infection transmission. As the ‘front door’ to the hospital, it is one of the main ways infections are brought into hospitals from the community. Health Spaces worked with the Trust to ensure the space was designed to be easily cleaned and decontaminated, and methods of built-in infection control were explored to ensure the clinical teams can effectively prevent and control any infection risk.